Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Bobbie Jo Baken

Bobbie Jo Baken. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Bobbie Jo Baken, born Bobbie Jo Michael, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 4, 2022, at the age of 72.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia and Father Robert Michael.

Bobbie was a resident of Kelseyville for the last 44 years.

She is survived by her husband of 52-plus years, Jack Walter Baken; and daughters, Melanie Barrick (John), Danelle Rogers (Shawn) and Nicolette Keithly (David).

She also leaves her pride and joy, her grandchildren, Dylan Welsh, Logan Barrick, Tristan Welsh, Brock Barrick, Morgan Rogers and Josie Keithly; her sisters and sisters-in-law, Mary, Patty, Jackie, Marilyn and Barbara; along with many cherished nieces and nephews.

Bobbie was a licensed psychiatric technician at Agnew and Sonoma State hospitals before moving to Lake County.

Upon the move, Bobbie took time off to raise her children before being employed at the Kelseyville Unified School District as a bus driver and custodian in 1984 (while continuing to hold her psych tech license until she was 50).

Bobbie also helped at Danelle's Daycare, and enjoyed “her kids” on the bus and at the daycare, which gave her the nickname “Grandma Bobbie.”

Bobbie retired from the school district in 2015 to pursue full-time Grandma status, and continued assisting with daycare. She loved watching the kids grow, and enjoyed time with them and their families.

Bobbie was a “Navy brat” and moved many times as a child. She attended James Lick High School for three years, and then graduated from Sonoma High School in 1968. She played violin in the orchestra and as an adult was fluent in guitar, as well as a beautiful singer.

Her home in Lake County is where she grew roots. She was involved in Clear Lake Horseman, an advisor for Clear Lake Junior Horseman, leader of mounted Search And Rescue, as well as a founder and active member of Hooves and Wheels. She also served as a union representative for the Kelseyville Unified School District.

Bobbie had a passion for her family that everyone could see. She doted over her children and grandchildren, and made every football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer game as well as rodeos, gymkhanas, camping trips, field trips or performances, regardless of how she was feeling.

She and Jack were able to go on some great vacations, including her dream trip to Belize a few years back, where she did zip lining and rode horses through the jungle.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

There will be a celebration of life for Bobbie on Nov. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at 7771 Browser Lane in Kelseyville.

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